Source: Australia and New Zealand Food Standards
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an application to permit a new processing aid in the Food Standards Code.
FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the enzyme – endo-inulinase – is produced by a genetically modified (GM) strain of Aspergillus oryzae.
“The applicant is seeking permission to use the enzyme to help produce fructo-oligosaccharides (or FOS, which can be added to a range of processed foods as a sugar alternative, low calorie bulking agent, and for dietary fibre supplementation).”
“FSANZ has undertaken a thorough safety assessment and concluded there are no public health or safety issues related to the use of this enzyme,” Mr Booth said.
The period for comment closes at 6pm (Canberra time) on 17 October 2019.